Scott Herman is a very popular figure in the Internet fitness community thanks to his enormous YouTube channel which constantly presents different training ideas and workouts designed to help you acquire a muscular body. Question is, can you get there, naturally? Can you be as big as Herman with drugs? Let’s see.
How big is Scott Herman?
Scott Herman’s official stats are as follows:
Height: 5′ 10″ – 178 cm
Weight: 170 lbs – 77 kg
Body fat: 5-8%
Herman is as big as the maximum prediction of the guide for natural bodybuilders. Don’t forget that the stats in the table are for genetically gifted individuals with large frames.
In other words, if you have really good genetics, you can achieve Scott Herman’s mass naturally. However, a very large portion of the population will never get there due to genetic limitations.
Scott Herman Does Not Look As Impressive Without a Pump
A typical trend among all natural bodybuilders is that without a pump they lose their glamor and disappear into the shadows. In many of his photos and videos, Scott Herman appears ”ordinary”, and his muscles don’t showcase the ”3D pop” common for individuals on drugs. This leads us to believe that Herman does not enjoy the full Photoshop effect.
Does Scott Herman have ”3D steroid delts”?
Not really. In some photos, Scott Herman has decent looking shoulders, but for the most part, they don’t seem to be his best body part, nor are they 3D.
Can you ever know if someone is 100% natural?
No. Scott Herman is a good example. His mass is achievable naturally by genetically gifted individuals, but that does not mean that he has never taken anabolic steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.
Update (May 2017)
FAQ: What is your opinion of the ”cheat&recover” method recently promoted by Scott Herman? Do you think a similar strategy can produce extraterrestrial natty gains?
There isn’t a training method that will suddenly induce ”extraterrestrial” natty gains, for the fact that natural bodybuilders are rarely limited by their training. For instance, we can tell with certainty that the average natural female will never match the muscular size and strength of the average natural male regardless of the way she trains, provided that the man also lifts.
The woman can perform every exercise and routine in this world. Yet she will remain weaker and smaller. Why? Because the average female has a tender bone structure and produces less testosterone than the average man.
However, once women hop on heavy hormones, they transform into muscle beasts as shown by many professional female bodybuilders and physique competitors. What does that tell you, my friend? Past a certain point, it’s not about training. For that very reason, I am highly skeptical of ”special” training methods.
In brief, if you have been dancing with iron for a decent amount of time, you would be hard pressed to find a routine that produces amazing gains because you are already brushing the limits of your natural potential. And even if you somehow discover a way to produce a boost, it won’t last very long at all.
To summarize: Nobody can tell with certainty whether Scott Herman is a lifetime natural. However, the physique presented by him can be achieved naturally only if you have extremely favorable genetics (good insertions, a thick frame, amazing response to training…etc.).